Dr Jonna Nyman

Department of Politics and International Relations

Lecturer in Politics

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Dr Jonna Nyman
Department of Politics and International Relations
Elmfield Building
Northumberland Road
S10 2TU

Dr Jonna Nyman is Lecturer in International Politics in the Department of Politics, and holds a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship. She joined the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield in September 2016, having previously worked at the University of Leicester. She holds a PhD in International Relations (2014), an MA in Political Science (Research Methods), and BA in International Relations, all from the University of Birmingham. She is a member of the International Politics Working Group at the University of Sheffield.

Dr Nyman’s research centres on the politics of security, with particular interests in energy security, climate politics, and China.

She has recently published a monograph with Oxford University Press, based on her ongoing work on energy security. This is titled The Energy Security Paradox: Rethinking Energy (In)security in the United States and China.

At Sheffield, she is currently undertaking a three-year research project funded by a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship, titled ‘Securing China: Understanding security politics beyond the West’.

Her research has been supported by external funding from the UK Economic and Social Research Council and by the Leverhulme Trust.

Research interests

My research interests are in the politics of security, with further interests in energy security, climate politics, and China.

My current research is grouped under three main related themes:

The Politics of Security

I’m interested in how we can theorise the politics and ethics of security, including debates on Eurocentrism and worlding security studies. As part of this, I have co-edited a book on Ethical Security Studies and published an article on the value of security, in Review of International Studies.

Chinese Security Politics

I am currently undertaking a three year major research project on Chinese security politics, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. As part of this work I have spent 8 months undertaking fieldwork in China, including time spent as a visiting scholar at Peking University and at Shanghai Jiaotong University. I'm particularly interested in 'Chinese' constructions of security and current debates in Chinese IR, as well as non-Western security politics more broadly. I am currently writing a monograph based on this work.

The Politics of Energy Security

I have an ongoing interest in energy security, and have recently published a monograph titled The Energy Security Paradox: Rethinking energy (in)security in the United States and China, with Oxford University Press. I’m particularly interested in contestation over the meaning of energy security, and what attaching security ‘does’ to energy.



Edited books

Journal articles



Key projects and grants

Securing China: Understanding security politics beyond the West
Awarding Body: The Leverhulme Trust
Years funded for: 2016-19
Amount: e. £90,000

Teaching activities

I consider teaching to be an integral part of academic life, and my love of teaching is one of the reasons why I became an academic. My teaching philosophy is centred encouraging curiosity and I see the classroom as a space where we can all question our own assumptions and explore new ideas while debating the big and small questions of international relations.

I use a range of learning activities, from more traditional lectures and seminars, to role plays and simulation exercises, to push students to see the subject from different angles. I draw on ‘flipped classroom’ teaching methods, which emphasise active learning and putting students in charge of their own learning.

My teaching goal is to foster critical thinking skills: teaching students how to think, not what to think. I engage with students as independent scholars, getting them to apply theories independently to develop their own analytical skills, and giving them the tools to do so.

In the past, I have taught a wide range of subjects related to International Relations and Security Studies, and during the 2019-20 academic year, I will convene the following modules:

  • POL3043 The Politics of Security
  • POL6005 Contemporary Global Security